State Attorneys General Defy Public Support for Gay Marriage

Do these lawyers represent the state and the people that live there or no? I don’t get how that works.

As marriage equality continues to spread from one state in another, a small group of powerful government lawyers is doing everything they can to hold it back. In just the last week attorneys general in at least three states have taken steps to fight gay and lesbian citizens.

Colorado’s John Suthers has promised to appeal rulings that the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional. But last week a court ruled that Boulder County Clerk Hillary Hall can continue issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, in defiance of Suthers’ wishes.

In Wisconsin J. B. Van Hollen filed a brief arguing that the state isn’t required to provide its citizens with equal rights. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox filed yet another brief, this one arguing that gay and lesbian couples aren’t demeaned by laws that treat them differently. And in North Dakota Wayne Stenehjem hasn’t responded to a request from several couples for summary judgment in a marriage case, but he has, in the past, threatened to defend the state’s marriage-equality ban.

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AIDS experts blast countries with anti-gay laws

If I were a conspiracy minded person, I would conclude that the Malaysian flight that was shot down last week was the result of Russia being so anti-gay that they decided to eliminate some people who were going to the World AIDS Conference in Australia. But I’m not. ;)

Campaigners at the world AIDS conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that allow the spread of HIV.

Powerfully mixing concerns over human rights and health, the issue threatens to divide western donor countries where gay equality is making strides from poor beneficiary nations where anti-gay laws persist or have been newly passed, say some.

Nobel laureate Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who co-discovered HIV and co-chairs the six-day conference, seized Sunday’s opening ceremony to lay down a barrage of criticism at laws targeting minorities who bear a disproportionate share of the global pandemic.

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More fun

I’ve shared stuff from the website ‘Not Always Right’ before and here’s another gem:

Change Can’t Make You Change
GROCERY STORE | ME, USA | AT THE CHECKOUT, BIZARRE
(I’m a 22-year-old queer female. While I don’t exactly go around singing my orientation from rooftops, I do have two queer pride pins on my work uniform and I always wear a rainbow bracelet, so it’s pretty hard to miss. A man who’s about 60 years old comes through my line.)

Customer: “I have a bad back. Can you lift that out for me?”

(He points to a 15-pack of beer. I lift it out, scan it, and put it back in his cart.)

Customer: “Wow, look at you. You’re pretty strong. Your boyfriend must be happy with you.”

Me: “I don’t have a boyfriend.”

Customer: “Well, why not?”

Me: *deadpan* “I have no idea.”

Customer: “Well, we can’t have that. How about I take you out to dinner tonight?”

(I take a moment to very pointedly look at my two pins and then hold my arm up in plain sight and stare at my bracelet.)

Me: “I already have supper plans.”

Customer: “Come on, it’s just one night.”

Me: *as I hand him his change* “I already have supper plans.”

Customer: “That’s a shame. I would have let you keep the change if you’d said yes.”

(After he leaves, my manager, who’s known me since high school, approaches.)

Manager: *laughs* “Yeah, because eight bucks is gonna turn you straight and take away your standards.”

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5 Things Not to Say to a Transgender Person (and 3 Things You Should)

BAD:

  1. “Hey, you! Have you had ‘the surgery’?”
  2. “Do you love RuPaul? How about that Rocky Horror Picture Show?!”
  3. “So you must love that Judith Butler!”
  4. “Can you can have an orgasm?”
  5. You know who I feel sorry for? Your children.”

GOOD:

  1. “How are you?”
  2. “Do you mind if I talk to you about some gender stuff?”
  3. “Are there books you’d recommend I’d read?”

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The Draft Text Of Obama’s LGBT Worker Executive Order

This may or may not be the exact wording when the Order is signed today.

EXECUTIVE ORDER
Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, 40 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and in order to provide for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and take further steps to promote economy and efficiency in Federal Government procurement by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Amending Executive Order 11478.
Executive Order 11478, as amended, is hereby further amended as follows:
(a) The first sentence of section 1 is amended by substituting “sexual orientation, gender identity,” for “sexual orientation”.
(b) The first sentence of section 7 is amended by substituting “sexual orientation, gender identity,” for “sexual orientation”.

Sec. 2. Amending Executive Order 11246.
Executive Order 11246, as amended, is hereby further amended as follows:
(a) The first sentence of Section 202, paragraph (1) is amended by substituting “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin” for “sex, or national origin”.
(b) The second sentence of Section 202, paragraph (1) is amended by substituting “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin” for “sex, or national origin”.
( c ) The first sentence of Section 202, paragraph (2) is amended by substituting “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin” for “sex, or national origin”.
(d) The first sentence of Section 203, paragraph (d) is amended by substituting “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin” for “sex, or national origin”.

Section 3. General Provisions.
(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an agency or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

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Comic character Archie will die saving gay best friend from assassination

Comic books aren’t my thing, but over the years I’ve become familiar with many characters from the world of comic books. Archie Comics made history by having its first openly gay character and will make history again when the main character is killed off at the end of the Life with Archie‘s run.

Archie Andrews, a staple of American comics since 1941, will die in Wednesday’s issue of Life with Archie. And he’ll say goodbye to the series with one last act of heroism: Archie will take a bullet meant for best friend Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in his comic universe. In doing so, he’ll foil an assassination attempt against Keller and, according to the story’s creators, give rise to greater understanding and tolerance in his fictional town of Riverdale. The final issue arrives as many Americans continue to work tirelessly on behalf of gay rights and to extend marriage equality across the US.

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Keith Ablow Says Marriage Equality Leads To Marrying Your Dog

Wow…

When discussing gay rights on Fox News, who better to consult than the network’s reliable source Dr. Keith Ablow?

“Fox & Friends” asked Ablow on Wednesday for his thoughts on a new California law that replaces the words “husband” and “wife” with “spouse” under state laws. The new law has been described as a “milestone in the journey towards full equality” and an end to the last barrier to same-sex marriage in California.

“Nuts,” Ablow said of the new law. “There’s no way that the state of California can deny a marriage license to four spouses now. Eight spouses, or I would say three human spouses and the canine they absolutely love because if love is the foundation of marriage, they can love their dog, too.”

That’s right, folks. You heard it here first. A step forward for marriage equality will only lead to polygamy and marrying your dog.

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